Once you have graduated from Richland, you have many reasons to return to campus. Many of the facilities and services that were available to you as a student are still available to you as a Richland Alumni.
Alumni are always welcome to return to campus! Come over and have lunch at MJ’s Grille or shop at the Richland Bookstore. You can browse in the library and take advantage of your privileges or enjoy an event. Your connections to Richland do not end when you graduate.
Alumni and Friends
Alumni and Friends is a quarterly newsletter designed to keep you in touch with what’s happening at Richland Community College and with the Alumni Association. Featured in each issue will be an outstanding alumnus and a “What’s New With You” alumni section. If there is something you would like to include in the next edition (updates about family, career, or accomplishments), just give us a call, send us an e-mail, or fill out our online form.
Currently, the Richland Alumni Association is compiling a list of Richland alumni for feature stories and interviews for our quarterly newsletter and for possible nomination for the Community College Alumni Awards. If you or someone you know would like to be featured or nominated, or if you would like more information, please send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217-875-7211, ext 203.
Alumni Membership Card
Richland is working to create benefits or discounted savings for alumni on a variety of services. To receive discounts, you will need an Alumni Membership Card. You can get a membership card by updating your information through our website. Currently, the following services are available:
Richland Community College alumni sweatshirts and t-shirts are available at www.rccbookstore.net by clicking on "Personalized Apparel from MyGarb" in the lower right-hand corner. RCC general merchandise is available at the Richland Bookstore, One College Park, in Decatur.
With your Alumni Membership Card, you will receive special invitations to the David Erlanson Art Gallery opening receptions.
Licensed child care services are provided for children of students, faculty, and staff at Richland. Children from the community also are eligible to attend the center while their parents are working. Please visit the Richland Child Development Center for more information.
Continuing and Professional Education
Although your formal education may be complete, you can still return to Richland for courses. Personal enrichment, travel opportunities, professional development and even courses for your children are available through the Continuing and Professional Education Division.
Alumni receive discounts on Richland Fitness Center memberships. A three month membership is $60 (a discount of $5), a six month membership is $115 (a discount of $10) , and a full year membership is $185 (a discount of $15). Contact Scott Broyles, Fitness Center Director, P.Ed. Instructor, at (217) 875-7211, Ext. 290.
The Kitty Lindsay Learning Resources Center (LRC) - Library
Alumni retain certain college library privileges. Any former student who has completed a Richland degree or certificate program and obtained an Alumni Membership Card through the College’s Alumni Development Office may
- Use materials and services at the College’s Kitty Lindsay Learning Resources Center (LRC)
- Check out up to 10 books at a time
- Keep books for 28 days with an option to renew
- Issue a request for books charged by other patrons
- Request books and articles through interlibrary loan
- View videos from the collection within the library
- Access selected web resources through computers in the LRC
Network with alumni members by updating your personal information (address, e-mail, etc.). Networking will also be available through receptions and other events you will be invited to attend.
Alumni will receive an "alumni discount" when attending theatre productions in Shilling Auditorium. Tickets are $7 (a discount of $3) for students, senior citizens, and alumni.
RCC Foundation Scholarships
Your children and spouse are eligible to apply for any of the scholarships offered by the Richland Community College Foundation. Additionally, there are two scholarships specific to Alumni.
A one-time scholarship for three credit hours tuition for all Richland alumni (certificate holders or degree graduates) interested in returning to Richland.
This does not apply to Continuing and Professional Education classes. The one-time scholarship is available if two or more years have passed since graduation. If the course is greater than three credit hours, the student must pay the difference and is responsible for all registration and instructional fees. An alumnus who withdraws from a class forfeits the waiver.
Alumni Association Scholarship
One year scholarship for tuition, awarded to all majors. May be full- or part-time. A GPA of 2.75 is required. Amount determined by number of gifts received from Alumni.